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  1. rara007

    Showing Gypsy Cobs under saddle - tack

    You’ll get away with black on a piebald easily. I’d imagine about 1.5inch would be perfect?! But if he’s got a larger head the 2 inch would suit. Either browband- the forelock will cover it anyway!
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    How much?!

    Surely this is just money laundering?!? https://www.ysl.com/en-gb/globe-trotter-saddle-trunk-in-wood-714429YCLPQ1000.html 72k!! That’s a very smart Horsebox. Or a trunk.
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    Insurance: yes or no?

    My new horse is fully insured. That first year is the biggest risk ime. The other down to catastrophe cover. I still make all the choices but unfortunately I don’t have big savings enough I can be totally relaxed about it.
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    Bit of a random question but ... (water buckets)

    Mine is happy with dark auto waters- if they’re not too noisy. Then his next preference is blue. White is spooky unless he’s really thirsty.
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    Weekend plans?

    Love this horse. In the lead after phase 1 at sandringham so that’s every selection event dressage won. Not the best score and it’s a long marathon so we won’t maintain it come Saturday night but it is a 3 phase event and last two I’ve come from 3rd after day 2. Ground is firm and the carriage...
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    Are you cutting back on competing/training due to the cost of living?

    I’ve done 500 miles each way to Holland, 400 miles each way to Holland, a ‘local’ 40 mile one way, 450 miles each way to Scotland and 180 to wales. Now 100 miles from home at Norfolk. I’ve only just changed from an 100 mile each way commute to work. I’d planned mid France in august before the...
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    Finding a home for a horse with sarcoids.

    I would probably knock 25% off her value, if that tbh. But obviously that depends on the location and behaviour of the sarcoid. There’s people that won’t touch them with a barge pole- you won’t give her away to them, and others happy to take a gamble/don’t have the budget for what they want in...
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    Having a horse put down - Injection or Gun ?

    The whole point of sedation is there is no adrenaline rush..! In surgical patients these things are very closely monitored, and the same drugs are used.
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    Health cert

    Travel health cert is just is it fit to travel. Ie. Is it weight baring x4 and not terribly lame, does it have snot pouring out or a hole in its side. My vet does usually get us trotting up but it’s not a lameness assessment as such. Do the ppe first, after checking your insurance will accept it…
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    WINDEREN GEL BITS

    I’m looking at getting one (a Liverpool driving one) too…
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    Hairy or not and why not ?

    I don’t have time to maintain hair..! But then not sure Id be keen on monthly clipping either. I’d be unlikely to chose a very hairy one for my own.
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    Nails - DIY, groomer, vet?

    I must be a bad owner. Mine self trim 🙈
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    Showing in dressage tack

    I’d vote Hunter bridle
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    Have you ever had puppies?

    No chance! I can’t see how someone working could have time to do it justice. My dogs are ‘only’ pets too (and currently boys).
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    Backing a 16 year old? Would you?

    It could be done but I’m not time rich enough to want to put the time into something of that age.
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    First FEI 3-day survival tips?

    Taking the second horse sounds exhausting! Well Done!
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    First Aid Kit for Lorry

    For those without a stethoscope learning to take the pulse gives most of us as much info about the heart! Cheapo ones are going to struggle with a ‘normal’ horses heart. I don’t bother to take one. I’m usually going to events with vets at, or staying within an hour of home, so don’t have masses...
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    Tying horse in trailer with no partition

    Cross tie!
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    Is Everyone Staying at Home

    Lovely weekend up at Hopetoun. 450 miles each way! Managed our first FEI win and that’s good points on the selection league. Great dressage especially considering the weather, ‘safe’ marathon which was too safe really but moved back up 2 places after a very fast cones round. Only 5 in the class...
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    First FEI 3-day survival tips?

    Take more bridle numbers than you can imagine you’ll ever need. And atleast 2 thermometers. And make sure you know how to change it from Fahrenheit…..! Do get someone else on your HorseApps as it’s a little glitchy especially when poor signal. Read the schedule small print for any additional...
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    Have you ever seen a horse receiving CPR?

    It’s more common than you’d think- there’s a reason why equine anaesthetics use ventilators and that’s not because they like to keep breathing properly easily…! Technically CPR is after a cardiac arrest, it gets much more exciting then! Not much research in equine still but RECOVER is the place...
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    Having a horse put down - Injection or Gun ?

    As a rough estimate I’ve probably been there for 2500 animal euthanasias now. I’ve seen my share of ‘bad’ ones and many very smooth. Even my needle shy pony will be injected unless there’s a longer wait for that and time is critical. It’s just what I’m comfortable with. Sedation if needed but...
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    Royal Windsor Platinum Jubilee ITV coverage

    I love Emma! So special.
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    Drive to ride

    My horses must be a bit dense as they’ve not cottoned on to going in the middle of the road. Sit up slowly the first time, possibly use blinkers to start and remember you have the voice to back up if the leg aids are not as sharp as you’d want. Most likely will be used to an unjointed bit.
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    How many horses did you try? Am I rushing this decision?

    I buy the first I view usually.
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    Travelling an old shetland for 24 hours 😳

    Parkers won’t want bandages :) He’s very unlikely to bash himself and that’s the only protection they provide, much more likely to get hot little legs or try to remove them?!?
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    Who/Where is my tribe?

    Our local indoor has been doing ‘social’ hires- £20 for an hours hire up to 4 people, a panini drink and cake! I love the idea. I’m Lucky with my sport, but it’s still nice to have local contacts.
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    Welsh C and D?

    Not comparison photos by any means by my C in a lineup of Ds and then and D and my C flanking the team?
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    4th weekend in April plans?

    I managed to slightly break my good ankle in the house. Still working out what that means for my plans. I don’t like change and meant to be taking both to a 3 day event next weekend :(
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    International Travel

    You can use the channel tunnel as a private person (arranged through official agent) but it’s unlikely your current set up would get approval.
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